I Am Like a Lotus Flower
Lotus flowers start out growing in dark, muddy water. Then they make their way to the surface and reach the sunlight, blooming beautifully. In Buddhism, this represents how we must overcome pain to reach enlightenment. To me, it represents the story of my life and the strength of my spirit.
Being born sensitive is both a blessing and a curse. As a small child I could easily empathize with others, but on the other hand I was too easily influenced by negative people. I believe that negative energy dims your inner light like a curtain, or veil. By my early twenties I was truly surrounded by darkness.
And yet I am speaking to you from the other side, from the surface. So how did I get there? With a lot of love, especially from the man I married, who always believed in me no matter how little I believed in myself, and with yoga. Amazing things happened to me on the mat. I felt beautiful. I felt clarity. I felt my heart open up to all the love around me. And I felt the strength and beauty of my own spirit. My inner light.
My desire as a yoga teacher is to guide others on their journey through muddy waters to find their inner light. I am like a lotus flower, and so are you.